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'Sachin is fantastic and very humble': Hughes

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 12:13 [IST]
 
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Hughes impressed with Sachin's humility

Chandigarh: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was reportedly very delighted to get few tips from Indian star batsman Sachin Tendulkar over a cup of coffee.

More than anything, Hughes was very impressed with Sachin's humility.

"When I was in Mumbai earlier, I had coffee with him and we spoke for about an hour. He asked me so many questions and I also put him many queries. He is a fantastic man and very humble," Hughes said.

"He told me that I should try to play my natural game. We also talked a lot about other things in general. I also asked him a lot of questions about his career," the 21-year-old left-hander from New South Wales said during an interaction.

Huges will be playing in the Indian continent for the first time replacing opener Matthew Hayden. He said he is very foccussed on cementing his place in the side.

"It's great to be in the squad. Sachin, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, they are all great batsmen. I may not be part of the main team now, but you never know when that opportunity comes," said Hughes, who made his Test debut against South Africa last year.

For Hughes, batting coach Justin Langer is his idol while he feels skipper Ricky Ponting is a "fantastic guy and a great leader".

Hughes is also very much excited about Indian food and likes Kashmiri and Punjabi food in particular.

"I love Rogan Josh, butter chicken and Naan," he said. Australia play their first Test of the two-match series against India at Mohali on Friday.

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